Movie & Wine Pairing


Domaine Dampt Vieilles Vignes 2015
Chablis AOC, France

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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Jacques Demy’s groundbreaking French musical wasn’t set in Burgundy, but it shares the vibrant flavor and complexity of this crisp Chablis. Enjoy the beautiful Catherine Deneuve and a captivating score by Michel Legrand, performed in a more restrained, conversational style befitting a pair of youthful lovers whose romance is tested by a year of separation.


Burgundy is prime Chardonnay territory. And at the region’s northernmost reaches in Chablis, they produce Chardonnay like no other: steely, crisp and very refreshing. This fine example comes from award-winning brothers Eric, Emmanuel and Hervé Dampt, shown below among their prized old vines. These so-called vieilles vignes are actually upwards of 70 years old – such old plants yield very little fruit, but what they lack in volume, they more than make up for in flavor complexity, especially in a remarkable vintage like 2015. The vines grow alongside the Grand Cru vineyards of Les Clos and Vaudésirs – so you’re enjoying a wine with real pedigree.


We go way back with the Dampt family. Established in 1980, the small winery had a humble beginning – the building is actually a converted sheep shed. There’s no sheep around now, only a trophy cabinet full of awards. (Fun fact: they once won more golds than any other Chablis producer at the Concours Général Agricole in Paris – one very tough show.)


Being so far north, Chablis is subject to constant threats of frost along with a nervewrackingly long ripening period – but this gives grape growers a quality advantage. The cool climate and Kimmeridgian clay (chalky soils composed of ancient oyster shells) help produce Chablis’ trademark style: balanced acidity, vibrant fruit, clean mineral character, and a faint saline note.


The pure citrus fruit flavors in this crisp Chardonnay make it a match for seafood (or, if you’re feeling daring, Eric’s favorite: escargot). Oysters are a classic Chablis pairing, but any fresh catch will do the trick. Avocado lover? Chablis’ bright acidity will be a tasty foil to the fruit’s creamy richness – try a shrimp and avocado salsa or grilled chicken with avocado cream sauce.

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